Our first Angel Dinner in Sydney for 2015 - and our first ever at the new venue Food Society—saw an energetic room of Angel investors keen to get the year off to a great start. And, the four pitches of the evening didn't let them down.
First up was Rob Hango-Zada presenting Shippit - a premium postage solution that uses technology and GPS tracking to solve the increasingly high number of home deliveries that fail to deliver first time around.
Shippit is seeking an injection of funds from investors to help roll out their service, which offers many convenient features to its users, including the ability to re-route delivery, a live tracking feature which allows you to see where the driver is, and even a way to rate your experience, so Shippit can continue to improve the service. There is a significant online retail market keen for more cost-effective delivery; with the right support, it’s sure to be a hit.
Makers Empire was the second business to pitch, and they took us back to school on 3D Printing. Founder Jonathon Soong was quick to point out that user-friendly software appears to be the missing link for 3D printing, and their software was so simple a child could use it. In fact, children would be their initial target audience.
Makers Empire is seeking to gain a foothold in Australian schools, aiming for a 10% user uptake from the schools that currently have a 3D printer. With a potential 10,000 Australian schools to engage, and an even greater international market, software that could have you 3D printing in a few simple steps that are - forgive the pun - child’s play, this sounds like a product with a lot of potential.
At the risk of children becoming a theme, the next to present - Hugh Podmore for Kindy - was keen to ensure that parents were enjoying the benefits of an app that could connect them with qualified nannies and babysitters at the touch of a button. With bookings, reviews, qualifications and payments all bundled up into the clever app, it was clear to see how Australia’s childcare woes could be eased a little through greater connectivity between qualified carers and parents.
With the government looking to introduce subsidies for nannies, the timing of this app couldn’t be more serendipitous, which was a point not lost on the Angels. Kindy came into the evening having just won a series of AusApp awards, and it was clear that this quality founding team were keen to take their start-up to even greater heights.
Hedgeton closed out the evening by presenting their solution to opening up access to the rental market in Australia. With online bidding for rental properties and online rental applications as part of their features, Hedgeton wants to tap into the significant market, which remains - according to founder Christopher Martino - overshadowed by the dominance of ‘for sale’ listings.
With opportunities for online advertising, an affordable rental property listing price and strong market relationships, Hedgeton is hoping to seize the opportunity to own this relatively untapped market.
Each of the pitches clearly engaged the audience of Angel investors; and the tight results, which saw Kindy the narrow winner of the audience poll, showed that they all have the potential to go on to be successful businesses, with the right investor support.
Innovation Bay’s Ian Gardiner hosted the evening, and was keen to remind Angels that to create a great start-up community, continuing to invest in start-ups, and ensure opportunities are available for them here, is key. After tonight’s quality pitches, we’ve no doubt that big things are ahead for these start-ups, and the time to help them get there is now.
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